02 CONTENT DAILY HERITAGE MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 DAILY QUOTE Your problem isn't the problem. Your reaction is the problem --Anonymous ANNIVERSARIES Friday June 15 Eid ul-Fitr Monday July 02 Republic Day Wed. August 22 Eidul-Adha Published by: EIB Network / Heritage Communications Ltd. Managing Editor: William Asiedu: 0208156974 Editor: Kofi Enchill: 0265653335 ISSN: 0855-52307 VOL 7 Location: Meridian House (Starr FM) Ring Road. Box AD 676, Adabraka, Accra,Ghana. Telephone: +233-0302- 236051, 020-8156974 026-5653335 Adverts/Mktg: Paul Ampong-Mensah 024-4360782 Fax: +233-0302-237156 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com www.dailyheritage.com.gh WORLD Ex-President Zuma charged with corruption HEALTH Why rubbing your eyes is making you look old and tired VIEW PG.04 Friday state-sponsored funerals are a drain on the economy; change it SPORTS PG.07 FC Horoya close in on Asante PG.06 PG.15 2 Robbers grabbed BY KOJO ANSAH, ODUMASE KROBO RESIDENTS OF Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region have arrested two suspected armed robbers after returning to the scene of their foiled robbery to take their abandoned motorbike. The suspects, Griffins Bless and Richard Teye, both 21 years old, have been handed over to the Odumase police. Information gathered by the DAILY HERITAGE indicate that on April 5, 2018, at about 4:30 a.m., the two suspects onboard an unregistered green Power-up Jockey H 125 motorbike attempted to rob one Mr Lawrence Adjaidoo, while asleep in his room. The complainant, Mr Adjaidoo, who was awakened upon hearing a strange noise as the two suspects attempted to break into his room, stood up and gazed at the suspects and raised an alarm. The suspects, sensing danger, abandoned the motorbike parked in front of the house and took to their heels. Later at about 6:00 a.m., the two suspects and one other now at large came back in an attempt to pick the motorbike away but were spotted and A search conducted on the motorbike revealed a black student bag concealed beneath the seat containing a knife, two pairs of scissors, a cutter, four flashlights and six boxes of matches. alarm raised, leading to the arrest of the two while one of them managed to escape. A search conducted on the motorbike revealed a black student bag concealed beneath the seat containing a knife, two pairs of scissors, a cutter, four flashlights and six boxes of matches. Confirming the incident to the paper, the Public Relations Officer of the Eastern Regional Police Command, ASP Ebenezer Tetteh, said the police arrested the suspects and immediately escorted them to Ogome, a suburb of Somanya, where a search was conducted in their various rooms but nothing incriminating was found. ASP Tetteh said the suspects were brought back to the police station and detained to assist the police for further investigation. • Griffins Bless and Richard Teye at the Odumase Krobo Police Station with their motorbike
WWW.DAILYHERITAGE.COM.GH DAILY HERITAGE MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018 03 Bawumia challenges taxpayers • Pay taxes to develop Ghana BY KENT MENSAH THE VICE- PRESIDENT, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has challenged Ghanaians to honour their civic obligations to the State, particularly in filing While emphasising the importance of domestic revenue mobilisation to national development across the world, Dr Bawumia stated: “All over the world, taxation is the main tool countries rely on to mobilise revenue to develop their economies and provide services to their people. The Vice-President made the call when he launched the 2018 ‘Tax and Good Governance Week’ organised by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) in Accra on Friday, on the theme, ‘Filing your tax returns, your civic responsibility.’ The event is aimed at getting all eligible taxpayers to file their tax returns on or before the deadline of April 30, 2018. their tax returns in order to mobilise domestic revenue to help meet development aspirations. The Vice-President said mobilising adequate domestic revenue would help achieve President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo- Addo’s vision of a Ghana Beyond Aid. “In fact, Ghana ranks below Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Cape Verde and Swaziland in terms of the contribution of payroll tax to GDP. In 2015/2016 fiscal year, PAYE contributed about 15% of total domestic revenue; the self-employed about 1.1% and corporate tax about 19%. • Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice-President Veep worried Vice President Bawumia bemoaned the poor tax-paying culture in the country, indicating that though potential employees in the country are estimated at 6 million individuals, only about 1.5 million persons are registered with the GRA and pay their ‘Pay As You Earn’ (PAYE). “In fact, Ghana ranks below Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Cape Verde and Swaziland in terms of the contribution of payroll tax to GDP. In 2015/2016 fiscal year, PAYE contributed about 15% of total domestic revenue; the self-employed about 1.1% and corporate tax about 19%. The combined contribution of about 35% is significantly below Singapore’s 50%, South Africa’s 54%, Canada’s 58% and Denmark’s 60%,” he explained. “Let me reiterate that filing of tax returns, in addition to being The Vice-President made the call when he launched the 2018 ‘Tax and Good Governance Week’ organised by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)... the civic responsibility of every Ghanaian, is also a requirement by law. The Income Tax Act, 2015 (Act 896) and the Revenue Administration Act, 2016 (Act 915) mandate every eligible person to file an income tax return with the Commissioner-General not later than four months after the end of each year of assessment. He said, “This campaign is therefore meant to remind and educate all categories of persons on this civic requirement and encourage the general public to visit any of the offices of the Ghana Revenue Authority across the country and file their tax returns if they haven’t already done so before the end of April, 2018.” President directives The President, Dr Bawumia disclosed, had directed all Ministers of State, Government appointees and public officials to file their tax returns before the deadline. “During this programme, GRA will mount tax clinics at specific places to assist citizens with the filing of their tax returns as well as other tax-related matters. The tax return forms have been modified to make it easier to fill. Arrangements are also being made to provide a more efficient electronic system for filing returns in the very near future,” he said. Vice President Bawumia, together with a number of Ministers and Deputies who were at the launch filed their tax returns at the offices of the Ghana Revenue Authority in Accra.